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A BlueTech Future

to a Blue Economy Incubator which has already doled out funding to four promising BlueTech ventures. Meanwhile, Gafcon, the firm managing the redevelopment of San Diego’s downtown waterfront, has received preliminary interest from both the University of San Diego and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in setting up education-related facilities on the site which focus on BlueTech and the Blue Economy. These facilities would offer a learning center that seeks to prepare students for BlueTech jobs, which is also something the San Diego Unified School District is focusing on through a new BlueSTEM

GeoSpectrum Technologies C-BASS low frequency sources (Image: GTI)

GTI to Supply Low Frequency Sources to Scripps

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) announces it will supply the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego) with two “C-BASS” low frequency sources.This new technology will allow researchers to conduct low frequency acoustic experiments more efficiently and less expensively than previously possible, GTI said. A successful field trial at Seneca Lake last December caught the attention of Scripps, resulting in the purchase.The fully coherent C-BASS are tuned to operate at 34 Hz and are capable of continuous operation. The energy efficient sources are physically

(Image: U.K. Hydrographic Office)

UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in St Lucia

sustainable management of fisheries and other marine resources, as well as coastal protection and management.This work forms part of the CME Program, which is funded by the U.K. Government and delivered by the UKHO, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The program aims to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by making the most of their natural economic and environmental resources

The heavy 800 kg frame that was moved by the flow (© 2017 MBARI)

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

part of the submarine canyon. As flows traveled further to deeper water where the canyon was wider, they were also found to slow down. These new findings provide valuable information to identify safe crossing points across other canyons for new seafloor cables and pipelines.According to National Oceanography Center (NOC) scientist Dr. Mike Clare, one of the authors of this paper, “The dense nature of the submarine flows came as a surprise. It means they could cause more damage to communication cables than we thought. It will also make them harder to image.”The 18-month, international,

Image: UK Hydrographic Office

UK Hydrographic Office to Maximize Geospatial Data

and trade, as well as support disaster resilience and climate change mitigation."He added: "As a marine geospatial agency, we are experts in sourcing and processing this location-based information, from seabed to surface. By leveraging our data-handling expertise, whether in hydrography and oceanography or software development and data science, we aim to help the Geospatial Commission maximize the value of this data to the UK."

Furze Promoted at Teledyne Marine Vehicles

Development – Vehicles. Furze has most recently been Teledyne Marine’s Product Line Manager for APEX profiling floats where his leadership has grown Teledyne’s market presence and customer satisfaction.Furze is a retired U.S. Navy captain with 30years in the Navy meteorology and oceanography community. He served afloat and ashore, including command of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Commander, Undersea Surveillance. Since transition in 2009, Furze has worked with small and large businesses, including the role of Contract Program Manager at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center

Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Rear Adm. John Okon (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Ocean Infinity, NMOC Partner for R&D

Offshore ocean data and exploration company Ocean Infinity said it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), based at the Space Center in Stennis, Miss. During the next five years the collaboration will focus on combining and expanding technologies relating to a broad range of deepwater platforms and sensors focused on undersea data gathering and analysis.Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity, commented, “We are very focused on being at the forefront of technology and this agreement to work and share knowledge

Elizabeth Paull (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Hires Paull as Business Development Manager

ordnance clearance and site surveys, as well as tracking divers and ROV systems and structural and subsidence monitoring.Through her role, Paull will also support Sonardyne customers and develop partnerships and academic research programs focused on the Blue Growth agenda.Paull is a Master of Oceanography from Southampton University and has an MBA from the Open University. At Aquatec, she was Sales and Marketing Director. Her previous roles include working as a research scientist for Thames Water

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Symbiotic Autonomy for Deep Water Survey

Marine technology partners have developed a new long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution after a two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness. The tests were the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl, which set out to produce an integrated system to perform low cost, full water

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

; said MAR representative Kurt di Sessa. “We’re proud that we were able to design, prototype, test, and deliver that solution on schedule to support their XPrize bid.”Marine Advanced Research is planning a production run of 20’ WAM-Vs configured for hydrographic survey and oceanography, starting in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime interdiction, and

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New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

a 20-foot science van for specialized science missions. The new research vessel take’s advantage of the latest technology through transducer fairings prepared to receive an extensive array of acoustic instrumentation for the gathering and processing of data in support of fisheries research, oceanography, and geophysical sciences. A full size server rack, with dedicated closed loop cooling and UPS power supply has been fitted to the dry lab in anticipation of the requirements of scientific users.The aft deck is fitted with a stern A-Frame with an 8,000 lb safe working load for over the stern lifting

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

overlooked early campaign of World War II.Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.On July 17, a NOAA-funded team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware discovered the missing 75- foot stern section in 290 feet of water off of Kiska, one the few United States territories to be occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years.“This is a significant discovery that will

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.  (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

;s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities, allowing the company to access many more international territories.Chelsea, based in West Molesey, Surrey, has a broad base in environmental sensing technology spanning markets in fresh and waste water, oceanography and a wide range of industrial applications. In addition to its optical engineering capability, it provides underwater acoustic products to both civilian and defense customers.Fueled to no small degree by its involvement in the rapidly developing, maritime/green shipping markets, where it has

(Image: U.K. Hydrographic Office)

UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Dominica

sustainable management of fisheries and other marine resources, as well as coastal protection and management.This work forms part of the CME Program, which is funded by the U.K. Government and delivered by the UKHO, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The program aims to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by making the most of their natural economic and environmental resources

NERC Purchase NORBIT WBMS Systems for AUV Project

Seeking a robust system that has been proven for under-ice mapping, the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) has appointed NORBIT to supply two multi-beam echosounder (MBES) sonar systems for use on the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) new 2,000m depth rated AUV platform Autosub2KUI.With the small form factor WBMS Deep Water multibeam systems, NORBIT’s systems will ensure high data quality and ease of operation for the team at NOC often operating in challenging environmental conditions, the manufacturer said.This will support future under-ice and deepsea science, including a

An example of an unmanned vessel, SEA-KIT’s Unmanned Surface Vessel USV Maxlimer Maldon, is capable of deploying and recovering an autonomous submersible craft. SEA-KIT are a finalist of the Shell Ocean Discovery X-Prize competition (Photo: MCA)

UK Spurs Autonomous Shipping Development

The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Center’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Center, successfully secured £1 million in a bid to accelerate the U.K. into a world-leading position in this area.The funding, awarded by the U.K. Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Regulators’ Pioneer Fund, will be used to pioneer new ways of regulating the autonomous and smart shipping

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in a region of the Pacific Ocean targeted for deep-sea nodule mining, as part of a new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton.Initially perplexed by the mysterious tracks, researchers concluded they were not related to mining or scientific operations within the area; they appeared too large to be created by fish or any other typical deep-sea animals; and they were not thought

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